Remember the movie Black Hawk Down? How ill was that? The neighborhood where those choppers crashed was named the “worst place on earth” by the UN, but locals call it Wardhiigleey or “river of blood.” K’Naan Warsame grew up there, and he loved his neighborhood until war broke out in the early 1990s. After seeing friends shot dead and accidentally blowing up his school with a hand grenade, he had to leave his hometown of Mogadishu. His latest single from the album Troubadour is about “taking rappers on a field trip.” The beat is very bashment (peep the tweaked-out Wailers sample) but the lyrics are straight outta Somalia. Get accustomed.

Remember the movie Black Hawk Down? How ill was that? The neighborhood where those choppers crashed was named the “worst place on earth” by the UN, but locals call it Wardhiigleey or “river of blood.” K’Naan Warsame grew up there, and he loved his neighborhood until war broke out in the early 1990s. After seeing friends shot dead and accidentally blowing up his school with a hand grenade, he had to leave his hometown of Mogadishu. His latest single from the album Troubadour is about “taking rappers on a field trip.” The beat is very bashment (peep the tweaked-out Wailers sample) but the lyrics are straight outta Somalia. Get accustomed.